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Activation of D1 dopamine receptors stimulates the release of GABA in the basal ganglia of the rat.

Department of Physiology, Biophysics and Neurosciences, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, D.F.
Neuroscience Letters (Impact Factor: 2.06). 09/1990; 116(1-2):136-40. DOI: 10.1016/0304-3940(90)90399-T
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ABSTRACT Here we have explored whether dopamine is able to modulate the release of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) from striatal terminals to substantia nigra pars reticulata, entopeduncular nucleus, globus pallidus and caudate-putamen. The type of dopamine receptors involved was assessed by the blocking effect of either SCH 23390 (D1 antagonist) or (-)-sulpiride (D2 antagonist) of the dopamine effect. Dopamine stimulated (EC50 3.2 microM) the depolarization-induced release of [3H]GABA from slices isolated from all of the above mentioned nuclei. SCH 23390 dose-dependently blocked the dopamine stimulation, but (-)-sulpiride did not show any blocking effect. The results suggest that dopamine via D1 receptors modulates the release of GABA from striatal GABAergic terminals.

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